Episcopalians have confirmed an openly gay priest to be a bishop. And today there are dire predictions from churches in Asia . Why would churches in the Far East be concerned about what an American church decides to do? Because both are parts of the Anglican Communion, a rather loose federation of churches founded in the days of the British Empire , based on the Church of England. The Bishop of the Anglican Church of West Malaysia says homosexuality is "culturally and legally not acceptable here." By "here" he means Malaysia . It's an entirely different culture there.